Author(s): Peter Corris
Is Sydney gun city? It certainly seems so when Cliff Hardy is hired by entrepreneur and one-time pistol-shooting champion Timothy Greenhall to investigate the violent death of his troubled son. Soon Hardy is pitched into a world of crooked cops - former members of the Gun Control Unit - outlaw bikies and honest police trying to quietly clean the stables...Two more murders raise the stakes and relationships are stretched to breaking point. Hardy hooks up with a determined policewoman and forms an unlikely alliance with a charismatic bikie chief...Uncovering the tangled conspiracy behind the murders takes Hardy to the Blue Mountains and Camden, to plush legal chambers and a confrontation in an inner-west park - all against the roar of 750cc engines.
In the fortieth Cliff Hardy book, Hardy plays a cool hand as a decades-old crime resurfaces and old scores are settled.
Corris has conducted a longitudinal investigation of Australian society over the past 35 years, providing a searing and wry commentary on social injustice, corruption, and urban development. Sydney Morning Herald This is classic Corris, a joy to read as he takes his readers to the heart of a good crime mystery. Newcastle Herald As usual, the pacing is brisk and Corris smoothly mixes genuine thrills with sharp-eyed descriptions of Sydney and astute political observations... Another well-crafted and thoroughly enjoyable Cliff Hardy adventure by the always reliable Corris. Canberra Times Prolific Australian crime writer Corris is back again... The plotting is good, the characters and the dialogue ring true, and Corris writes in a very readable manner. Northern Advocate
Peter Corris has been writing his best selling Cliff Hardy detective stories for thirty years. He's written many other books, including a very successful 'as-told-to' autobiography of Fred Hollows, and a collection of short stories about golf.